Langaton Alpacas - History
Located in the beautiful rolling North Devon countryside, Lower Langaton Farm has been in the Waldron family for over 100 years and is currently farmed by Ian and Rachel, assisted by our daughters.
Langaton supported a successful dairy unit of 105 Friesian cattle until 1996 when the decision was made to diversify into the alpaca business – initially with 2 pregnant females. The dairy herd was dispersed in 1999 and further alpaca purchases were made and combined with breeding the herd grew to approximately 250 Alpacas (approximately 85% Huacayas and 15% Suris).
We selectively bred alpacas for good conformation and fleece quality and were one of the leading herds in the United Kingdom illustrated by outstanding results in the showring and priding ourselves in providing an honest, no-nonsense and reliable service.
Ian qualified as a UK Alpaca judge and spent several years judging at shows in the UK, France and Germany.
We sadly had our first outbreak of TB in 2009, a second in 2015, and have just been struck again.
It is totally devastating to lose such large numbers of animals which we have bred and shown over so many years, but having farmed all our lives we realise this will not end until the TB issue is resolved.
We have a few alpacas remaining at Langaton, and sincerely hope not to disappear completely!
We hope that our website will provide useful information for anyone wishing to keep alpacas – they truly are delightful animals.